Securing the Southern Border -We Could Do It, But …

Written by Jerry Curry on June 16, 2013

They want to keep playing with border security and illegal immigration like it’s some kind of political soccer game, kicking the ball down the road for their own amusement. But, as is the case with most things they are a part of, there is a time to play and a time to be serious. Now is the time to be serious, if the nation is ever going to be serious about securing our southern border. If Congress and the President really wanted to secure the nation’s border, they could have done it long ago.

To fix the problem, the President need only call the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Oval Office and say something similar to the following: “This is a matter of national defense and national security. I want you gentlemen to secure our southern border ASAP.

“Use whatever military forces you think necessary. Any congressional legislation you need will be provided on an emergency basis. Until then I am prepared to sign Executive Orders.“ That would be the end of the matter.

If fifty years ago the East Germans could erect a 96 mile long fence overnight, then with all the advances we’ve made in technology since then, the U.S. Army should be able to erect a border fence two to three times as long in a single day. If they can’t, we should fire the current crop of generals and find some that can.

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Image: U.S. Navy photo by Steelworker 1st Class Matthew Tyson; public domain

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General Jerry Ralph Curry (D.Min.) is a decorated combat veteran, Army Aviator, Paratrooper and Ranger. He enlisted in the Army as a Private and retired a Major General. For nearly forty years he and his wife Charlene have served this country both in the military and while he was a Presidential political appointee.


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